Boasting the largest black bear population in six decades, Maine black bear numbers are on the increase and estimated to be 25,000 to 30,000 animals, more than any state in the Eastern United States. The majority of the statewide bear harvest comes from Aroostook County where a 3.5 million acre industrial timberland is relatively undeveloped and provides excellent bear habitat.
At Tylor Kellys Camps we limit the number of bear hunters in camp to 15-18 so that each hunter is given individual support and guidance. We will work hard to give you every advantage to harvest a Maine black bear. We lease two sites for each hunter. By Wednesday if you have not seen a bear, or have passed on a bear, you have the option to move to a fresh site for the remainder of your hunt. After a bait site has been hunted it is retired until next year, so most of our sites only get 1-3 days of hunting pressure each year.
About our Baitsites
We lease about 90 baitsites in the “North Maine Woods”, some have been established for over 30 years. Wind direction, cover, and bear sign are all factors taken in consideration when choosing new baitsites. We hunt from 15′ metal ladder tree stands or specially designed elevated wooden blinds that sit 5′ off the ground; great for those who don’t like heights or have physical limitations. We have bow and rifle sites with shooting distances between 15-40 yards set up for left or right handed shooters. Most sites are within a 40-60 minute drive from camp, and a 50-60 yard walk from the truck. We have double stand/blinds available for a guest or cameraperson. Please call to talk to Wade about special accommadations.
About our Bait
Wade developed a special combination of pasties, candy, granola and nuts to attract bears to your site. Each site is pre baited at least 30 days prior to your arrival. You will be sitting on an active site, and don’t just take our word for it, you’ll see plenty of evidence of bear sign including fresh scat and deeply packed bear trails coming in and out of the area.
Our clean camps sit on the bank of the mighty St John River. They have 2 bedrooms that can sleep 6 in single bunks, a full kitchen and bathroom with shower. A fully stocked kitchen with utensils, dishes, cookware, range and microwave, all you need to bring is your food. We provide towels but please bring your own sleeping bag. For more information on our camps and pictures click here.
Meals can be prepared in your camps or purchased additionally at the family restaurant ‘Two Rivers Lunch’. Each evening, this is the place where everyone gathers to get the news of the hunt as hunters arrive back to camp. Great food at very reasonable prices and the hunting stories….priceless! Breakfast and lunch can be ordered off the menu and the evening meal is served family style.
Maine Hunting License $25.00 Resident $114 non Resident
Early Season Bear Permit $27.00 Resident $74.00 non Resident
North Maine Woods Gate Fee $7.00 Resident daily $12.00 non resident daily
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